USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., in which researchers found that amino acid supplementation does not affect white striping and wooden breast. The research was made possible in part by an endowing Foundation gift from Case Farms and is part of the Association’s comprehensive research program encompassing all phases of poultry and egg production and processing. A brief summary of the completed project is shown below. A complete report may be obtained by going to USPOULTRY’s website, www.uspoultry.org. The project summary is as follows.
Project #696: Effect of Dietary Glutamine on Metabolism Related to Muscle Myopathy in Broiler Chickens
(Dr. K.A. Livingston, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.)
Dr. Kimberly Livingston and colleagues at North Carolina State University recently completed a research project in which they determined the effects of supplemental glutamine and arginine on the incidence and severity of white striping and wooden breast in broiler chickens. Their research showed clearly that supplementation of these amino acids did not reduce the incidence or severity of either condition. The studies documented several important metabolic changes that occur in birds with these muscle conditions.